Real Madrid’s attack will continue to be led by Karim Benzema until 2021, as the French forward has renewed his contract at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
That he has lasted so long already at one of the world’s most demanding clubs says a lot about his ability and mindset and, should he see out his new extension, he will reach twelve seasons with Los Blancos.
By 2021, Benzema will have spent 11 campaigns – the same as Di Stefano – wearing the famous No.9 shirt in Madrid, as he wore the No.11 in his first season at the club because the No.9 was being used by Cristiano Ronaldo.
Only Carlos Santillana would then sit above him as Real Madrid’s longest serving No.9 as he wore the number on his back for 17 seasons.
During his time at the club, Benzema has maintained a consistent goals to games ratio of one in two, which, while it doesn’t come close to the incomparable records of Ronaldo and Ferenc Puskas, is a more than respectable return.
Averaging 0.49 goals per game, Benzema has outperformed Davor Suker (0.48), Raul (0.44), Gonzalo Higuain (0.45) and even Santillana’s rate of 0.40.
Benzema offers more than just goals, too and is the perfect accomplice for Cristiano Ronaldo in attack, as he works so well with the Portuguese.